BetVictor Non Runner Cheltenham Free Bet Handicap 7f

  • (4yo+, 7f, Class 5, 13 runners)
  • Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 24.77s
  • Off time: 17:30:24
Full result
Result 17:30 Kempton Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Russian Ice 10/1
2nd 8 Bussa hd 3/1f
3rd 7 Jake The Snake nk 7/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 (11) 7014-48
Light Blue, Dark Blue hoop, Yellow sleeves, Light Blue cap, Dark Blue star Scottish Lake 15
  • T:Miss O Maylam
  • J:Kirsty Milczarek
  • Form: 7014-48
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-7b
  • OR: 75
  • Naps:
5 133 9-7 b Miss O Maylam Kirsty Milczarek 75 12/1
2 (12) 045098-
Yellow and Royal Blue diabolo, Red sleeves, Yellow cap Quasi Congaree (GER) 45
  • T:P Fitzsimons
  • J:G Baker
  • Form: 045098-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 9-7bt
  • OR: 75
  • Naps:
7 133 9-7 bt P Fitzsimons G Baker 75 50/1
3 (1) 6461-23
Light green, red disc, red cap The Strig 21
  • T:S C Williams
  • J:S M Levey
  • Form: 6461-23
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 9-5
  • OR: 73
  • Naps:
6 131 9-5 S C Williams S M Levey 73 16/1
4 (13) 4472-52
Royal blue, white seams, white sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue and white quartered cap Russian Ice 17
  • T:D K Ivory
  • J:Jim Crowley
  • Form: 4472-52
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-4b
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
5 130 9-4 b D K Ivory Jim Crowley 72 10/1
5 (6) 63783-7
Yellow, black disc, black and pink striped sleeves, white and black hooped cap Avonmore Star 21
  • T:M Murphy
  • J:E Ahern
  • Form: 63783-7
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-4
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
5 130 9-4 M Murphy E Ahern 72 8/1
7 (9) 7660-92
Black, Light Blue and White hooped sleeves Jake The Snake (IRE) 8
  • T:A W Carroll
  • J:Amy Baker
  • Form: 7660-92
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 9-2
  • OR: 70
  • Naps:
12 128 9-2 A W Carroll Amy Baker (3) 70 7/1
8 (10) 1-12221
EMERALD GREEN, BLACK seams, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, BLACK spots and spots on cap Bussa (ex6) 7
  • T:P D Evans
  • J:Thomas Brown
  • Form: 1-12221
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-2t
  • OR: 64
  • Naps:
5 128 9-2 t P D Evans Thomas Brown (5) 64 3/1f
9 (3) 25-7721
Royal Blue and Yellow diamonds, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow spots, quartered cap Diplomatic (IRE) 17
  • T:M D Squance
  • J:Robert Tart
  • Form: 25-7721
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 9-1p
  • OR: 69
  • Naps:
8 127 9-1 p M D Squance Robert Tart (7) 69 11/2
10 (7) 60173-1
Dark Green and Light Green diamonds, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Dark Green star Golden Desert (IRE) 35
  • T:S Dow
  • J:G Lee
  • Form: 60173-1
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 68
  • Naps:
9 126 9-0 S Dow G Lee 68 6/1
11 (8) 00127-7
PINK, BLACK epaulets and diamond on cap Elusive Hawk (IRE) 7
  • T:P D Evans
  • J:S W Kelly
  • Form: 00127-7
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 8-13
  • OR: 67
  • Naps:
9 125 8-13 P D Evans S W Kelly 67 25/1
12 (2) 547037-
Beige, Red seams, Red cap Chevise (IRE) 58
  • T:S Woodman
  • J:William Carson
  • Form: 547037-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 8-11
  • OR: 65
  • Naps:
5 123 8-11 S Woodman William Carson 65 50/1
13 (4) 073505-
White, red seams, white sleeves, dark blue stars, white cap, red star Ted's Brother (IRE) 108
  • T:R C Guest
  • J:Philip Prince
  • Form: 073505-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 8-9h
  • OR: 63
  • Naps:
5 121 8-9 h R C Guest Philip Prince (7) 63 16/1
14 (5) 009-735
Red, White stripe, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap Dunn'o (IRE) 14
  • T:D Nicholls
  • J:F Norton
  • Form: 009-735
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 8-8t
  • OR: 62
  • Naps:
8 120 8-8 t D Nicholls F Norton 62 8/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
6 (14) 80189-6
Perfect Mission 22
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • T:A M Balding
  • J:Daniel Muscutt
  • Form: 80189-6
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-4v
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
5 94 v A M Balding Daniel Muscutt 72 NR

In depth

Verdict

There's not much between the recent winners. The consistent Bussa carries a penalty for his latest win at Wolverhampton and Diplomatic won over a mile here last time though he's a course and distance winner and should be thereabouts again. However, GOLDEN DESERT scored over track and trip last month with a subsequent winner back in fourth and Simon Dow's charge gets the nod to follow up. Russian Ice has been threatening to get his head back in front of late but The Strig has so far proved best over shorter trips.

Formwatch

Perfect Mission 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, driven 2f out, ridden and lost place inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Storm Runner (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.

Russian Ice 3-1 (9-5) Hampered start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Compton Rainbow (8-9) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.

Bussa 3-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, carried right, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Haywain (9-6) by hd, 10 ran.

Jake The Snake (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlong, ran on, always looked held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Captain Kendall (9-5) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.

Avonmore Star 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Balti's Sister (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.

The Strig 7-4 (9-7) Awkwardly away, soon outpaced in rear, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd well inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Picansort (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.

Ted's Brother (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 17, 9l behind Desert Creek (11-3) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.

Diplomatic (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Kindia (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.

Golden Desert (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Last to break, held up, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating West Leake (8-9) by 3/4l, 7 ran.

Dunn'o (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 5th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Jack My Boy (9-0) at Lingfield 7f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Jan.

Scottish Lake 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Light From Mars (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.

Chevise (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 9l behind Fairyinthewind (9-3) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.

Elusive Hawk (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 10l behind Strike Force (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.

Quasi Congaree (GER) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 14l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.